Thursday 24 May 2018

Ruth Griffin: New season's beauty trends

Your guide to the wearable looks from the autumn/winter shows

Giambattista Valli
Giambattista Valli
Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette - €50
Aidan Corcoran
NOTE Luminous Silk Quatro Eyeshadow Palette No 1

The seasonal runway shows can sometimes unearth some pretty boundary pushing - and, let's be honest, sometimes downright whacky-looking - hair and make-up styles. As creative and innovative as these beauty looks may be on the models on the ramp, you have to wonder how they translate to the street in reality?

Flicking through the images of the runways of this year's autumn/winter shows, however, I was surprised to see a large amount of pared back, minimal, clean, and very wearable make-up looks.

So, this week I've highlighted the beauty looks that are easily achievable and flattering for all ages - as well as the products needed to achieve them.

My favourites were the looks at Roland Mouret, Ellie Saab and Chloe. The hair at Isabel Marant was so gorgeous - easy, natural and short. Overall, there seems to be a move away from heavily-styled hair, laden down with product, and a move towards a fresher, more natural finish.

Read on for some easy-peasy ways to move the new season's hottest beauty looks from ramp to reality…


Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette - €50

A gorgeous, wearable taupe-toned palette. Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Palette in 'The Sophisticate' from Brown Thomas, Arnotts and BT2.


A very good alternative. NOTE Luminous Silk Quatro Eyeshadow Palette No 1 from pharmacies nationwide.

Ask the Expert: Aidan Corcoran

Aidan Corcoran

Personal beauty stylist at the Brown Thomas Beauty Hall, Aidan Corcoran was the man behind the make-up look for the store's AW17 show. Here, he shares his tips on what is on trend this season…

What was the look you chose for the Brown Thomas Autumn/winter show?

Glamorous, fresh, luminous skin and a 'disconnected' white eyeliner to elongate eyes. We wanted to celebrate skin for skin's sake, so we used skincare products rather than lots of make-up products to get that clean, glowy finish. Some people talk about 'no make-up, make-up' that we all know takes a lot of products! This was not the case here at all - we didn't use foundation on the models' skin or mascara. We just blended a dab of concealer or light foundation on any skin imperfections and around the models' eyes. There was a tiny amount of product on brows and nothing on the lips.

What products did you use?

● La Mer Renewal Oil ● Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation and The Retoucher concealer ● MAC Polar Ice Kajal Eyeliner

What are the big A/W trends?

This season is all about the skin. Everyone is into organic health and wellness these days, and so they are looking for foundations that are healthy for the skin as well as giving good coverage. Customers want fresh, light foundation and multi-use products - such as skincare in make-up and serum in foundation. YSL's All Hours, which is coming soon, has great coverage and is amazing for your skin, too.

What was your favourite look?

Valentino's show was my favourite - the look was so fresh and clean.

What products should we invest in /save on?

Invest In: Skincare and base. Make sure you're using the right products for your age and lifestyle. Make an appointment and ask lots of questions, you'll get much more targeted results.

Save on: Lip colour, eyeshadows and nails. MAC, Nails Inc and bareminerals have very affordable options.

The biggest beauty myth ?

That more make-up is better - sometimes more is just more! Using lots of products and lots of layering has been a big trend but in 2017/2018 we are moving to a much more pared-back look. For example, Kim Kardashian started the craze of all that heavy, finely detailed make-up, but she's using less make-up now and opting for simpler look.

The biggest make-up mistake?

Not getting a lesson. You'd be surprised at the amount of women with so many products in their make-up bag that they're not sure how to actually use! The best advice I can give women is to learn how to use what you already have rather than panic buying some new lipstick or foundation - I encourage my clients to bring their make-up bag with them to a lesson. We will be hosting 'An Evening @ the Beauty Lounge' with demos from Aveda, Nails Inc and myself and the other Brown Thomas beauty style team, where you can learn some top beauty tips and tricks.

Who is your make-up muse?

Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren and Nicole Kidman always get it right. They look classic, confident and polished, but yet always themselves on the red carpet.


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